Matilda Violet Bleakley

Matilda Violet Bleakley lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She was the wife of Thomas William Bleakley. Matilda died during the Belfast Blitz in 1941.

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Matilda Violet Bleakley

Matilda Violet Bleakley lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She was the wife of Thomas William Bleakley. Matilda died during the Belfast Blitz in 1941.

Matilda Violet Bleakley lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She was the wife of Thomas William Bleakley. The couple shared the small terraced house with Matilda’s sister Mary Ann Crotty.

Belfast Blitz - Thorndyke Street

Photo: AR 175 (Part of the Belfast Telegraph Collection). Rescue teams, Air Raid Precaution Wardens and Vicars amongst the remains of Thorndyke Street, Belfast. 16th April 1941.

The Easter Blitz

Matilda died when the roof of the Thorndyke Street public air raid shelter collapsed. Many of those inside the shelter died on 15th – 16th April 1941. She was 50 years old.

Mrs Bleakley was the daughter of William Crotty and Elizabeth Crotty. Her sister Mary Ann Crotty also lost her life in the shelter that night.

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